Berries and Bail

My husband loves to buy a new plant for the garden. When he brought home a blackberry bush from the nursery he was already counting on the sweet fruit covered in cream with a little sugar on top. But his enthusiasm starts to wane once he has the plot turned over, and the new acquisition securely planted. By the second season he is not paying any attention to the brambles. And as I walked by it this weekend, I couldn’t let the vine wrapping its tentacles around it kill it off. So I spent a little time weeding around it on my way to my own gardening projects.

When an idea is new, and there is a propelling event that sets us in motion, people are often energized to participate. Minnesota Freedom Fund was flooded with $30 million dollars following the death of George Floyd, before directing donors to give further monetary support to other worthy organizations. The fund pays bail for those who cannot afford it as they feel pretrial incarceration in Minnesota is unjust.

Recent donations appear to be intended to keep protestors out of jail, as the worldwide reaction to the police killing of Mr. Floyd echoed a resounding opposition to the now well documented two-tiered justice system in the US. As word got out to the staggering size of the cash flow, there was a demand for two things: one quicker action to spend down the funds, and two an accounting of the money.

In response MFF posted this tweet.

Now, we work.

Money is only one resource vital to commerce, whether traditional commerce or the commerce we do on behalf of a social objective. Work is ongoing. Work is often mundane, routine and boring. We view it as voluntary, a past-time, a hobby. It’s something that retirees or bored housewives do as they have no other pressing matters.

Whereas we love to account for money, counted it up, follow it around; we have failed to adequately document the work we do in this domain. Work is an essential, if not the essential component of the social economy. Let’s at least account for it so we can better understand how it will bare us fruit.

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